Matt Hughes (Photo: chideo.com)
UFC 34: High Voltage – Las Vegas, Nev. – MGM Garden Arena – Nov. 2, 2001
Matt Hughes captured the UFC welterweight title from Carlos Newton in a controversial finish at UFC 34.
Newton had almost knocked out Hughes with a triangle choke, but Hughes slammed the champion to the mat, knocking him out. Hughes had to be told that he was the winner and new champion.
Here’s a video of the finish, and here’s another video with the jubilant new champion seeming to tell his cornerman “I was out! I was out!”
The main event saw Randy Couture retain the UFC heavyweight title at the age of 38. “The Natural” defeated Pedro Rizzo by TKO in Round 3.